Tommy Hayden took his third win of the 2011 AMA Superbike season today by edging out Josh Hayes at the line by .2 seconds at Laguna Seca. Hayes’ second place finish moves him to within 5 points of season leader Blake Young, who claimed the final spot on the podium today in California.
Tommy has the second most wins in the AMA Superbike this year, but an unfortunate weekend at Barber Motorsports Park will make a championship pretty tough to find for the Suzuki rider.
“The championship for me isn’t too likely,” Hayden said. “I’d have to have a really lucky weekend in New Jersey. But I’m still going out there for race wins. I want to end the season strong.”
Hayes, on the other hand, will have his eyes squarely focused on keeping his number one plate. Hayes has only captured two wins this year, but he’s also racked up more than a dozen extra points for pole positions and for leading the most laps.
“I wanted to win it bad, I tried really hard,” Hayes said. ”Blake has five wins and I’ve got two. But I’m only 5 points away from the top. I’m going out there and try to get all the points. If Blake wants to win this championship, I’m going to make him earn it.”
Young and Hayes will go head to head at New Jersey for the final round of the season. Young has a five point advantage in the AMA Superbike series, but the young Suzuki rider says that he isn’t nervous about New Jersey.
“I’m trying not to put too much pressure on myself,” Young said. “Maybe it’s a good thing to be leading right now. It will give me some extra motivation for New Jersey.”
Roger Hayden missed out on the podium by .04 seconds to Young. Ben Bostrom, who also competed in the MotoGP series this weekend, rounds out the top five.
AMA Superbike Results – Laguna Seca
- T. Hayden
- R. Hayden
You can see photos from the AMA Superbike action here.
Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com